We Support Job Stability for Lecturers!

President Drake

This petition is important because Lecturers have been in contract negotiations with the UC administration for 18 months, but they have yet to offer us any substantial proposal to address issues around job stability. A stable teaching workforce benefits students in maintaining excellence in teaching and continuity in instruction as well as improving student access to mentoring and other forms of support provided by Lecturers. By signing this petition, you are telling UC administrators that your learning conditions are inseparable from Lecturers' working conditions and that a stable teaching workforce is essential for a high quality student experience.

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Lecturers teach one-third of undergraduate credit hours in the UC system, yet their median income in 2019 was $19,067. Three out of four lecturers work on short-term contracts with no job stability, no evaluations, and no contractual assurance that they'll be considered for renewal. And in this time of COVID-19, one in three lecturers is not eligible for healthcare coverage, with more than half excluded from Social Security.

Lecturers are first and foremost teachers: they go out of their way to develop innovative and fascinating courses, advise senior theses, write letters of recommendation, hold extra office hours to talk over problem sets, help with writing, advise students on educational and career goals, and offer emotional support during these unprecedented times. Lecturers take the time to learn students’ names.

Since February 1st, 2020, over 6,000 UC lecturers have been working without a contract. They want to know ahead of time whether they will be teaching the following year, whether they will have health insurance, whether they will be able to pay for rent and childcare. Lecturers who have proven themselves excellent teachers should be reappointed before someone entirely new is hired. Stabilizing the teaching workforce will be a tremendous benefit to UC students, who deserve this investment in their education. Public education should not be a gig economy.

Don’t push lecturers to an impasse in their negotiations. It is time to settle a fair contract now with fair and consistent evaluation and rehiring processes. A stable teaching workforce is crucial for our education.